Casino Fatale

(15 customer reviews)


Casino Fatale is a present-day murder mystery game set in a Parisian casino hotel for 15 to 30 guests and one or two hosts. Guests include millionaires, criminals and spies. Written by Lisa Butler. Recommended for ages 18+.


Casino Fatale is a murder mystery game for 15 to 30 guests and one or two hosts. It is set in a Paris casino hotel, in the present day. Download the free introductory pdf file.

Casino Fatale is an exclusive evening of espionage, crime, intrigue, and murder! Your guests will be in the middle of the action, and it will be up to them to wheel and deal to get what they want. Will they achieve their goals, keep their secrets hidden, and survive Casino Fatale?

“Casino Fatale was amazing. Best party ever!!!”
Jonita Van Wyk, South Africa

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from Casino Fatale
Read the
Paris News

On the banks of the River Seine in Paris is the Hotel D’Etoile, with a casino named the Casino Fatale. Rumour has it that the casino is connected to the mysterious underworld character ‘Mr X’. No one seems to know exactly who the elusive Mr X is, or what he looks like – and there are many people who would love to know. Among those trying to find Mr X are Interpol, the local police, the local organized crime family, and the agents of several countries in which Mr X is believed to operate. Tonight, however, a charity auction is being held at Casino Fatale and it has drawn all sorts to the casino – playboys, starlets, maybe even a jewel thief… Who will you play?

At Casino Fatale you will discover the following:

  • Who is the ‘Black Panther’?
  • Why should you be very careful with your jewellery?
  • Who killed scientist Dr Havelott, and where are his plans for a nuclear device?
  • Who is the mysterious ‘Mr X’?
  • Can Donovan Jones really write poetry?
  • … and is the casino really up for sale?

Find out in Casino Fatale!

Casino Fatale lasts for about four hours and is suited to an evening. It is often played over a meal – a finger buffet if possible, to allow guests to circulate and talk in private.

“Our Casino Fatale party was great – thanks so much for your help! This was the first murder mystery I’ve hosted so I was anxious that it go well – anyway, fantastic night, definitely going to do another one!”
Daniel Hesford, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for the use of poison.
Includes rules for combat.
Includes rules for combat.

The free introductory pdf file contains an introduction to the game, a cast list of all the characters, and a copy of the Paris News.

Cast of characters

Casino staff

  • Sam Riley: the casino manager.
  • Jo Knowall: a croupier.
  • Felicity Phillips: a cabaret dancer.
  • Chris Rowan: a croupier.


  • Ralph Anderson: a local nightclub bouncer.
  • Pat Bullitt: ex-army, now runs a security firm.
  • Ashley Bunsen: a scientist, regular visitor to the casino.
  • Countess Alice de Ville: wealthy, beautiful and widowed.
  • Donovan Jones: a well-known Bohemian poet.
  • Dominique Renard: the owner of an international shipping business.


  • Jack Bland: the name’s Bland; Jack Bland. An international shipping operative.
  • Lord James T. Burke: a rich English playboy.
  • Lady Matilda Burke: younger sister of Lord James.
  • Andre Couvert: a tourist en route to Switzerland.
  • Eva Goodbody: a freelance reporter from New York.
  • Alex Kirk: a former racing driver and minor celebrity.
  • Selina Skye: a successful jewellery designer.
  • John Smith: rich tourist rumoured to be a millionaire lottery winner.
  • Anna Upanova: a wealthy lady of leisure.
  • Zara Zirconoff: a starlet.
  • Lucia Venditti: Italian tourist, here on honeymoon.
  • Valentino Venditti: Italian tourist, here on honeymoon.


  • Detective Natalie Bois: a police detective assisting Inspector Leclou.
  • Inspector Freddie Leclou: an experienced police detective.
  • Sergeant Armand Blanc: police detective, works for Inspector Leclou.

Film crew

  • Drew Daniels: sound engineer.
  • Sabrina Devereux: assistant to George Neville.
  • George Neville: director of the film crew.
  • Sandy Stone: journalist and presenter.
  • Joss “Woody” Woodrow: camera operator.

Casino Fatale is for 15 to 30 guests:

  • 15 guests (5 male, 4 female, 6 any)
  • 16 guests (5 male, 5 female, 6 any)
  • 17 guests (5 male, 6 female, 6 any)
  • 18 guests (5 male, 6 female, 7 any)
  • 19 guests (5 male, 6 female, 8 any)
  • 20 guests (5 male, 7 female, 8 any)
  • 21 guests (6 male, 7 female, 8 any)
  • 22 guests (6 male, 8 female, 8 any)
  • 23 guests (7 male, 8 female, 8 any)
  • 24 guests (7 male, 9 female, 8 any)
  • 25 guests (6 male, 8 female, 11 any)
  • 26 guests (7 male, 8 female, 11 any)
  • 27 guests (7 male, 9 female, 11 any)
  • 28 guests (8 male, 9 female, 11 any)
  • 29 guests (8 male, 10 female, 11 any)
  • 30 guests (9 male, 10 female, 11 any)

You also need one or two hosts, to organize the party and ensure everything runs smoothly. (We recommend two hosts, particularly if this is your first Freeform Games murder mystery party.)

How Freeform Games murder mystery games work

Casino Fatale is unlike other murder mystery games. Although the game starts with a murder, each character has several goals they must try to accomplish. While they may want to solve the murder, Casino Fatale contains plenty of other plots and secrets to keep everyone busy. Casino Fatale isn’t scripted, and lets the players decide how to achieve their goals and thwart their enemies.

“I played Way out West at a friend’s birthday. I thought it would be “the usual.” It wasn’t. Interactive, layered, and fun, I was inspired to host my own: Casino Fatale. I liked this game better, because the Casino Fatale characters weren’t clearly good/bad – they were difficult to pin down/categorize, making the game more intriguing.”
Veronica Griffin, Canada

On the evening of the game the guests are met by the organizer, the Casino Events Manager.

They then receive their detailed backgrounds – including dark secrets, objectives and casino gambling chips. When everyone has arrived the host announces that the glittering evening and charity auction will now proceed. The fun then begins as everyone questions, bribes and blackmails each other. As the evening progresses they may even try to murder one another!

Finally, the game concludes and everyone finds out how they did, and what secrets everyone else was concealing.

While Casino Fatale is set at a casino, it doesn’t need blackjack or roulette tables to run. If you want to include these, we recommend opening them at interludes to ensure your players don’t forget about solving the murder.

Recommended for ages 18+

We recommend Casino Fatale for those aged 18+, as it is themed around gambling and the playboy lifestyle.

Extra characters

Sometimes you have too many guests and need more characters. So most games have free extra characters (written by us or previous hosts) included in the download when you purchase the game.

  • ‘Ginger’ Roberts – freelance reporter in search of the Big Story (Any)
    (by Freeform Games)
  • Roni Wei – pleasure-seeking tourist (Any)
    (by James Cameron)
  • X Benedict – head chef at the casino (M)
    (by James Cameron)

Please note that we haven’t always tested these – and they may not tie in exactly with our games.

“Thank you for a great site, fantastic games, good service and very quick reply. Keep up the good work.” Ole Martin Brodwall, Norway

Cast Iron Guarantee

We offer a Cast Iron Guarantee on all our murder mystery games. If you’re not completely satisfied with Casino Fatale then please let us know within 30 days and we will refund you. See our full terms and conditions, and our refund policy.

Trouble downloading? If you have trouble downloading the game files, please first check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the download email, drop us a line at with the name of the game and the email address you used to purchase it, and we’ll resend it.

15 reviews for Casino Fatale

  1. Ricardo A. (verified owner)

    It went great, we just had some confusion with the starting money, the print outs differ from the instructions.

  2. Andrew (verified owner)

    We have run many parties using freeformgames packages and Casino Fatale will land in our groups top 1 or 2 spot. We all had a great time

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  3. Anonymous (verified owner)

    It was a great icebreaker to start a weekend away with a couple of different groups of friends integrating.

    It was a lot of fun, but perhaps too many story lines. Also, as the host, I had to convince people to start fighting and then it became fun. Maybe another insert halfway through that somehow explains fighting and the benefits of it would be useful.

  4. Susan Martin (store manager)

    Our game last night, with 21 players, was a huge success!!
    It was held at the small Museum of History in our small town as an event for members.
    I WILL say this one was pretty complicated! The poisoning, shooting and stabbing made it critical that we had a co-host in addition to mostly as the host. It was a a lot to absorb for the players as well, even though they got their character bios in advance. But they all LOVED it.
    Thank you so much. We’ll be doing another!

  5. Alan McDonald (verified owner)

    We played with 21 or 22 people, and 2 hosts. Game was great, I think everyone had fun.

  6. Melissa S (store manager)

    I just want you to know what a GREAT time we had with the Casino Fatale party! Thank you so much for ALL of your help in answering questions and making it work for our needs!
    You guys offer a great product, and we are thankful.

  7. Clinton Pillay (store manager)

    I just wanted to take a minute to thank your company for the quality products you sell. I recently purchased Casino Fatale for a Bond themed 30th Birthday Party and it was a HUGE success. Everyone who came said that it was the best party they had ever been to. Thank you for making it a success.

  8. Terence Smith (store manager)

    Last night we played Casino Fatale. It was so much fun. The plots were great and well mixed together. Everyone got so confused! Was great fun thankyou once again 🙂

  9. Sarah Horan (store manager)

    Just a note of thank you. I bought Casino Fatale for my Halloween Party on Sunday and oh my god it was brilliant. I’ve never hosted or been to a murder mystery party before so was slightly apprehensive about how it would all work out but I needn’t have worried the night went brilliantly absolutely everyone loved it and they can’t stop talking about it, I made a slight change and set it in the 1920s I hope you don’t mind. I am already being pestered about when I am going to have my next one. You’ve created a Murder Mystery Monster!

  10. Dorn Carran (store manager)

    We ran Casino Fatale for a Christmas party, and our guests are still talking about it a few months on!!

  11. Kathy Collier (store manager)

    We used Casino Fatale as the evening entertainment for our staff holiday party. The game was played by 27 people, plus 2 hosts.
    All participants had to be ‘in character’ from the moment they walked into the party. Some of them became their characters a couple of days early!
    From all accounts, a good time was had by all. Takes a bit of organization – but it is well worth it. We did embellish with some real props – dollar store guns and knives (nail polish makes wonderful blood on a knife…);
    a bandage box became a first aid kit; a small vial filled with beads became poison; a ‘diamond’ pendant and an ’emerald’ bracelet. A fun-filled evening of murder and intrigue! Thank you.

  12. Tom Britland (store manager)

    We had a great time with Casino Fatale!
    Had a load of coworkers and some friends visiting from different parts of the country.
    I hosted as the barman and dealt drinks while the characters milled about.
    I also modified the rules to let people shoot from a distance (shooter tells host rock/paper/scissors in advance and the host asks the victim their response).
    Everyone throughly enjoyed the added intrigue! Thanks Freeform Games!

  13. Paulo Gardolinski (store manager)

    Everybody, 30 players had a great time with Casino Fatale, so did I… The game is really great, and people loved to play them all. No one had ever heard about or played any murder and mystery game before.
    Now people are asking me when will be the next one… [Paulo translated the game into Portuguese for his guests!]

  14. Christie Neely (store manager)

    Casino Fatale was our first murder mystery. We had a wonderful time. Everyone loved being able to dress up for the night of high stakes gambling.
    Our guests had so much fun trying to solve the murders that happened that after the game was over, they wanted to continue to try to figure out who killed the other people!
    Needless to say everyone was impressed with the way the game was played and the fact that there are no scripts, giving everyone the ability to make the character who they wanted it to be.

  15. Kirsty Gwynne (store manager)

    Just to let you know what a fab time we had playing Casino Fatale this weekend – everyone was absolutely brilliant in their characters and the outfits donned by everyone were hysterical.
    As the host I was a little concerned how things would run, but I needn’t have been, it all ran really well. Will be definitely getting another one of your games!

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Q & A

How soon will I get my game? asked on 16 November 2021

You can download your game immediately after making your purchase. We will also send you an email message containing a download link and password so you can download your game later.

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Where's my password? asked on 14 November 2021

Please check your email (including your junk folder). If you're sure you haven't received it, then please get in touch. It helps us if you tell us when you purchased the game and what email address you used.

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How do freeform murder mystery games work? asked on 12 November 2021

Most of our games have an impartial host who organizes the party. Hosts don't solve the murder with everyone else – they have already read the game and instead watch the game unfolding.

Guests use their wits and negotiate, scheme, and plot with other guests to get what they want. Nobody needs to learn complicated backgrounds or memorize lines – character backgrounds are little more than a side or two of paper – which can be kept to hand for reference during the game.

answered on 11 November 2021 store manager
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Have you got any games for beginners? asked on 10 November 2021

Yes! If this is your first time hosting a Freeform Games murder mystery, we suggest choosing one of our more straightforward games. Click here for our 'games for beginners' page.

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Do you have any games suitable for all-male or all-female groups? asked on 8 November 2021

Yes! We have several games where all the characters are ungendered and can be played by anyone. Click here to see our ungendered games.

answered on 7 November 2021 store manager
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